March 2, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Wildcats had another spectacular night in the pool at the BIG EAST Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. as four more school records were broken Saturday evening. Hayley Edwards crushed the competition in the 1650 yard freestyle, while Erin Malone set her third university record of the meet and Kaisla Kollanusnotched her second. The men's and women's team broke a combined 11 records at the conference meet.
Hayley Edwards (Pilesgrove, N.J.) started off the night fast with her second first-place finish at the conference meet. Edwards swam an impressive 16:14.98, shattering a school record set by Villanova and Olympic swimmer Maddy Crippen. Edwards finished nearly six seconds in front of the next contender. In the process of breaking Crippen's record in the 1650, she also set a new record in the 1000 yard freestyle with a split time of 9:48.39. Teammate Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa) earned a top place and took third with a time of 16:29.78 and Summer Cook(Thornton, Colo.) finished the event in 17:06.45 for a 13th-place finish.
Edwards also took home a fourth-place finish in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.98 and Leigh Anne Patterson(Cherry Hill, N.J.) recorded an eighth place finish at 2:01.51.
Freshman Kaisla Kollanus (Hyvinkaa, Finland) recorded her second Villanova record in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.82; she earned fourth place. Teammate Katrin Heider (Bergisch, Germany) notched a first-place finish in the consolation round of the event, swimming in at 50.47. Sara Jurek (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished 15th (51.25) and Natalie Elphick(Durban, South Africa) came in just behind her at 16th (51.40).
Erin Malone (Sydney, Australia) shattered her third record of the weekend in the 200 yard breaststroke, setting a new school record at 2:11.25. Laura McGlaughlin(West Chester, Pa.) racked up points for Villanova with an eighth place finish in the same event, touching the wall at 2:01.51.
Mikah Schlesinger(Herzliya, Israel) also competed in the final night's events and finished 16th in the 200 yard backstroke at 2:03.24.
The women swam to third place in the 400 yard freestyle relay, finishing in 3:22.46. Sara Jurek, Natalie Elphick, Katrin Heider and Kaisla Kollanusrepresented the Wildcats in the final event of the meet.
Villanova finished the meet ranked fourth overall in the BIG EAST. Louisville won the conference title for the second-straight year.